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Alibi Room

Alibi RoomAlibi Room

Taps: 50 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
98
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

157 Alexander St
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 1B8
Canada
phone: (604) 623-3383

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @alibiroom

Notes:
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(Place added by: Sammy on 05-12-2008)
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$

I've been to the Alibi room about 5 times now, so I thought it was time for a review as I don't even see any from 2013 yet. I live about an hour out of Vancouver, so a trip in (usually before a Canucks game or concert) is always a treat. The bottom line - in a city with a number of bars and places to eat, this place is simply tough to beat.

Selection of local craft brew (almost every new brewery/brewer around has something on tap) as well as others mainly from the West Coast (Washington, Oregon, and California) is amazing. Though most beer styles are very well represented, hopheads will be very pleased. The beer menu is always loaded with lots of hoppy choices.

The place is usually quite busy and can be downright packed if there is some sort of special event, but there always seems to be a place to sit and grab some great beer. The beer menu is so large, it's almost always best to try as many different beer you can with a flight.

I've always been impressed with the service and the food is solid.

The Alibi room is a must stop for anyone coming into Vancouver and looking for a great experience.

08-12-2013 22:48:10 | More by bumchilly25
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

A: My wife, mom in law and myself strolled in here after leaving Gastown around 1PM on a Saturday, Parked on the street(by thge way, meters are broken and steal your money). We walked in met by a host and seated. The place is setup much like biergarden or haus with pseudo long tables which you may be sharing with other patrons. There were about 50 people here on this day. A mixed crowd but it seemed more popular with the young mid 20 to 30 crowd, seemed somewhat of a "place to be". Everyone sordove in clicks and keeping to themselves. The bathroom downstairs revealed another bar area and the bar upstairs had maybe a dozen seats to it right next to the door.

Q: All of the beer on the menu was quality stuff. I had two beers and all seemed nice, clean and infection free

S: The service was nice, not really outgoing but prompt. My only issue was this; after I finished my first beer, the waitress picked up my glass and never asked me if I wanted another. I sat for another 30 minutes and flagged her down for another.

S: The selection was great! I had a Thor's Hammer barleywine with my brunch and a Two Trees Double Hophead IIPA which was less than stellar. I spotted some Odin Brewing courtesy of Seattle, lots of BC brewries including Fat Tug on draft plus some Rogue Old Crusty 2001

F: Food was PHENOM! They serve brunch on Saturdays until dinner and wow. We were all impressed on the portion and quality.

My only issue is $7.50 beers, especially whe the beer is below average.

06-10-2012 14:01:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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TriggerFingers

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

If you are in Vancouver and can walk through Gastown, past all of the tourist shops, until you start to see train tracks and residential neighborhoods-- keep going, you're almost there!

The Alibi Room was great! 5/5!

I stopped in a few weeks back for their Sunday brunch. I have to say, it was probably my favorite dining experience while in Vancouver.

10:00 AM and the place is about 1/3 full. I took a seat at the bar (which was empty when I arrived, but gradually filled up later) and the bartender (who I later found out was one of the owners) took my breakfast order and asked if I wanted a beer. Being from California, I asked for something I can't get in the states-- she poured me a pint of her favorite beer in the place-- a local ESB that was exceptional (don't remember the name)!

Breakfast was perfect and the beer really hit the spot. I can only imagine how packed the place is in the evenings. Halfway though my meal, another bartender came over to check on me. He and I talked beer for a little bit and he told me of a store a few blocks away with some hard to find bombers to take back to the states! How cool is that?

Really, this place left a great impression with me! Top notch service across the board--overall fantastic!

I took the skytrain to St. Augustine's later that night and the atmosphere of the two places is completely different (St. Augustine's being more of a local neighborhood sports bar). Both have nearly equal beer selections, but the Alibi Room was my favorite!

Unfortunately, I was not able to make it back there again before I had to fly back.

In Vancouver, this is (and for the most part St. Augustine's) the place with the beer selection that you are looking for-- just depends on what type of atmosphere you are into-- a winner!

05-09-2012 02:56:25 | More by TriggerFingers
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I love Alibi Room. While working in Gastown, it was always a pleasure to skip over after work, knowing that something fantastic was awaiting me. Be it conversation and knowledge from the servers, to fantastic vegan falafal and of course ungodly awesome beer selection, all aspects of this place surpassed expectation.
The beer lists changed weekly, and several casks were always available. I think some would balk at the prices if from out of town an uninitiated to the world of craft beer import. We must remember that cheap products have been leaned to maximize profit, we pay for what we get.
Thanks Alibi Room, I miss you.

01-21-2012 17:10:34 | More by BasementBer
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dirtylou

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

located a little off the beaten path of gastown, it made for a long 20 minute walk from our hotel on a pretty warm (by NW standards) day.

the alibi room had full-length windows that were wide open on this nice sunny day. there was some outdoor seating and all of the indoor seating was bright and open, with long benches and some smaller tables.

the tap selection was fabulous - well organized by style, nice amount of BC beers, Washington micros and some other primarily west-coast offerings. There were some stray Canadian sours on the menu that were really nice, along with the great hop-forward IPA's you would expect.

service was very good, above average. the food all looked great but we had dinner plans.

07-26-2011 05:05:47 | More by dirtylou
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

This is the place in British Columbia to go for a sit-down beer. I have noticed that their selection has changed since the last time I went there, and that they have added quite a few more relatively obscure Belgian selections which is very nice. I have spoken with the owner a number of times, and he is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his establishment.

Atmosphere is good, a bit of a retro and artsy vibe to it. The crowd isn't normally pretentious, but like any place it has its moments depending on the makeup of the crowd on a particular night.

Beer quality is excellent. Casks and kegs are turned over extremely quickly so chances are if you like a beer, the next time you come it may not be on the big beer list.

Service is good, and the hardworking staff is usually run off of their feet on the weekends as it is a busy place. Bartenders and servers are not pretentious and will guide neophytes toward beers that will best suit their tastes. This is a place which offers quality beers above all else, so I have seen bartenders become annoyed by people who pick beers solely based on the alcohol content because they are looking to get wasted.

Selection is the best you will find in B.C. hands down. Local craft ale, Canadian craft ale, American craft ale, and European selections; you will find it all here. Their beer list has been grouped into different themes as well which makes it easier than it used to be for those who are less knowledgeable. For those who are knowledgeable, however, where else can you find world class beers such as Gouden Carolus Classic and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock on tap?

Food is good, and the kitchen does make good food bordering on the gourmet; but this place really isn't about food after all. And it doesn't have to be.

Value for beer is excellent. The best you'll find in terms of selection and value in British Columbia. Value for food is average.

If you are a tourist to Vancouver, come here. You won't be disappointed and friendly patrons such as myself would be happy to sit and chat over a pint.

06-04-2011 18:16:33 | More by DaftCaskBC
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pioneer13

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Was referred to this place by a Vancouver beer geek and wasn't disappointed.

First off, don't panic if your cab driver takes you through East Hastings (like ours did) on the way there. This is the really seedy part of Van, but The Alibi Room is a few blocks from it on the outskirts of Gastown.

Housed in a really neat historic building, it has a real industrial feel to it. True to most good beer bars, the menu is nothing fancy. Just a printout that can be cheaply swapped out whenever they change their beers.

I was lucky to have my first "King Heffy" from Howe Sound brewery here at Alibi room along with a farmhouse called La Merle from North Coast Brewing. It was so good that I finished with another King Heffy.

Food is good. Really simple menu (which is always a plus at a beer joint like this) and I was led to believe that they use mostly local goods in the kitchen.

Our waitress was outstanding. She explained all the beers well and was in no hurry to rush us through the ordering process. She will have to do the same next time we go because they offer almost all local Pacific NW and W. Canada beers that I can't get here in midwest US.

Next time I go, i will bring a notebook and try to review a beer or two.

05-09-2011 14:31:15 | More by pioneer13
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TreeTopFlyer

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

We stopped in here after a trip to YBC. This place is great. The beer selection was fantastic. They had a really nice selection of local Canadian, small brewery beers. The highlight of these was a 13-year old Lambic called James brewed by Storm. In addition to the local beers, they had a nice selection of U.S. beers and a fantastic vintage bottle list.

Their beer menu changes every 2-3 days...we were served off of #214.

The server was REALLY knowledgeable regarding all the beers. We may return tonight for dinner.

Overall great little place.

02-09-2011 15:55:13 | More by TreeTopFlyer
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hairybeerboy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

The only place to go for any type of beer culture in Vancouver. Good service, though it's a little pricey but that's the way it is in this town and for the quality and selection of beer provided I'll accept it.

The best line up of micro BC beer (good and bad) and always happy to see some US craft beers thrown into the mix. Good place to get a hop fix. Service is attentive and your glass is never empty. Always good to finish the night on a lip puckering Storm Blackberry Lambic.

It's a little out of the way but well worth the trip.... just make sure they are open first.

10-03-2010 05:33:16 | More by hairybeerboy
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joshuacavett

Texas

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

This place is the best restaurant in Vancouver for craft beer. They have a great selection of draft beers 15+, two beers on cask and many cellared beers. I tried the casked beers and they were exceptional (local IPA & pale ale). I also ordered a Cantillon Gueze Bio from 2008 and it was cellared very well (on the bottle it could be cellared until 2030). My last beer was the chocolate porter which was average. The fries were great and I would highly recommend the chicken wings with cilantro and an asian sauce that was amazing! This place is a true jewel in Vancouver!!!

08-12-2010 23:06:26 | More by joshuacavett
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Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC, Canada
98 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.